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St. Vincent’s Is 'Recycling the Warmth'

To help local families stay warm on snowy winter nights, St. Vincent de Paul is holding its 20th annual Recycle the Warmth drive from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29.

Organizers are looking for new or gently used blankets and bedding that can be given to Madison residents struggling with poverty.

"We'll find folks who have nothing, and sometimes nothing means no bed and it means that a child in the family has a parka to pull over themselves at night instead of a blanket," said Ernie Stetenfeld, St. Vincent de Paul’s spokesman.

Donations can be dropped off at ShopKo stores, St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores and area churches. Many church congregations are also accepting these donations.

For a complete list of drop-off sites visit:

http://www.svdpmadison.org/recyclewarmth.html

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Police: Man Fights Officers After 5th OWI Arrest

A 61-year-old Madison resident was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, fifth offense, after witnesses told police his vehicle almost hit a school bus on Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened just after 4 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Vera Court on the city's north side. According to police, David Cockings, 61, of Madison was arrested after multiple witnesses called police about a possible drunken driver who was all over the road and almost hit a school bus.

Police said that Cockings started a fight with officers when they tried to arrest him, and remained belligerent toward officers before booked in the Dane County Jail.

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

ScooterCabs, a local business created by three University of Wisconsin-Madison grads, aims to provide an affordable alternative to taking a taxi home or driving under the influence. 

The service was created as an extra option for patrons that drive out to a bar or restaurant and have a few too many drinks.  The concept is similar to a taxi, except for one fundamental difference; the taxi is now the patron’s own vehicle.  There is no longer a need for patrons to abandon their vehicle at the bar or restaurant to make it home safely.

"With Wisconsin’s high rates of drunk driving, Madison seemed to have a need for this type of service," said owner Justin Sisley, "but even for the majority of people who would make the responsible decision to call a cab, our service provides a much more convenient option for them.  No more waiting around for a friend or cab to take you back to your car in the morning."

Mallards Announce Annual First Pitch Event

Mallards Announce Annual First Pitch Event

The Madison Mallards will host their annual first pitch event on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center.

Boomerangs Back In Business

A resale store in Madison isn't letting a fire that caused $500,000 in damage stand in the way of its success.

Boomerangs on Sherman Avenue is celebrating its grand re-opening at its original location this weekend.

Since the July fire, Boomerangs has not only rebuilt but expanded its business.

The store is now occupying more space and houses more clothes, furniture and other used items than before.

That's all good news for the store's customers.

"I tend to want to give my money to people who need nice clothes for a reasonable price," said Denise Mueller. "And that's why I like this stuff. Because I like things, and I can't afford to pay for it."

The store, which is run by Door Creek Church, said it has seen an increase in community donations.

Profits go to the Salvation Army, The Road Home solutions for homeless families and the Nehemiah organization.

Fire Damages Home On Madison's North Side

A fire caused about $20,000 in damage to a single-story home on Madison's north side Saturday afternoon.

The Madison Fire Department said it received a report at about 1:30 p.m. of a fire at a house in the 2100 block of Sheridan Dr.

Firefighters found a fire burning in a chimney at the house.

One crew extinguished the fire on the exterior of the home while a second crew inspected the home's attic. Heavy smoke was discovered in the attic. Firefighters pulled down some ceilings in the home to extinguish fire that had extended into the attic.

The fire was under control within 10 minutes of the fire crews' arrival, the Fire Department said. No injuries were reported at the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Madison Man Robbed At North Side Gas Station

A Madison man was robbed at a north side gas station on Wednesday evening, according to police.

Authorities said the victim was pumping gas on the 1400 block of Troy Drive at around 5:45 p.m. when a man approached, asking for a cigarette. When the victim said no, the man pulled out a knife. The victim tried to resist, but a second man came up behind him and hit him in the head, according to police.

The two men took the victim's wallet and fled. The victim tried to chase after them, but the men got into a car and sped away, according to a police incident report.

Officials said the victim didn't have serious injuries.